Dar es Salaam Laboratory

The main TMDA Quality Control Laboratory at sub-head office in Dar es Salaam has been subdivided into two (2) sections namely Medicines and Complementary Products Analysis and Microbiology and Medical Devices Testing Analysis. The in-vitro diagnostics testing is provided under Microbiology and Medical Devices Testing section. Quality Assurance unit is provided under the office of the Director of Laboratory Services.

The laboratory is responsible for testing of raw materials, finished pharmaceutical products, in-vitro diagnostics and medical devices ( List of parameters tested).

Medicines Analysis Laboratory is prequalified by WHO for testing of medicines since January, 2011. It is anticipated that the Microbiology laboratory will be prequalified in pharmaceutical microbiological testing by the end of 2021. The plan to accredit the Medical Devices laboratory as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard is in process.

Quality Management System

The Quality Assurance Office oversee the implementation of Quality Management System in accordance to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and WHO - Good Practices for Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratory and other recommended standards.

The management ensure that laboratory staff are free from undue internal and external commercial, financial and other pressures and influences that may adversely affect the quality of the work.

Equipment, Parameters and Personnel

The laboratory is equipped with ultra modern equipment that are calibrated and maintained at frequencies specified by QMS documents in order to ensure maximum run-time and produce reliable and accurate results. Qualified and competent staff are employed and subjected to regular training as per approved training program and proficiency testing scheme for competence assessment.


Some of the Major equipment in the laboratory include:

  • LC-MS
  • GC-MS
  • HPLC
  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
  • FTIR Spectroscopy
  • Dissolution test apparatus
  • Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES)
  • Sterile room to facilitate sterility testing
  • Biosafety cabinet
  • Autoclaves
  • Incubators
  • Electric leak test
  • Automated inflation system
  • Visual leak test
  • Universal tensile tester machine


Some main parameters that are tested at TMDA laboratory include:

  • Identification
  • Assay
  • Disintegration
  • Dissolution
  • Related Substances /Impurities profiling
  • Heavy metals contamination
  • Sterility test
  • Microbial Assay
  • Microbial Limit
  • Bacterial Endotoxins Test
  • Bacterial filtration efficiency
  • Antimicrobial effectiveness
  • Challenge test
  • Particulate matter
  • Tensile strength
  • Freedom from holes
  • Package integrity
  • Absorbency capacity
  • Water holding capacity
  • Length
  • Width
  • Thickness

Dar es Salaam TMDA Quality Control Laboratory has 32 staffs with various qualifications as follows:

PhD 3
Master’s degree 5
Bachelor degree13

Medicines and Complementary Products Analysis Laboratory

Ms. Siya Augustine Acting. Manager, Medicines and Complementary Products Analysis

This Laboratory is responsible for physico-chemical analysis of various pharmaceutical products including: human and veterinary medicines, medicines’ raw materials, antiseptics, disinfectants and other products.

Microbiology Analysis Laboratory

Ms. Catherine Mgela Luanda Acting. Manager, Microbiology Analysis, Medical Devices and Diagnostics Testing

The laboratory conducts microbiological testing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other health regulated products. Various products tested in this laboratory include liquid injectables, oral suspensions, blood bags, gloves, surgical blades, syringes, sutures, infusions and face masks.

Medical Devices Testing Laboratory

This laboratory deals with quality testing of medical devices such as male and female condoms, gloves, sutures, syringes, surgical blades, bandages, absorbent cotton, diapers and pads.

In-vitro Diagnostics Testing Laboratory

The laboratory is currently under comissioning.